A little more than a year after first invading DC with an outpost in Penn Quarter, New York-based Luke's Lobster is getting ready to open the doors on a third Washington-area location this week. That's right, Luke's Lobster Georgetown will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday in a two-level clapboard house with seating for 25, making it the largest of all locations in the Luke's empire — and the one owner Luke Holden has had his eye on for years being in the neighborhood of his alma mater.
Beyond being the largest, the Georgetown location is also going to be the most reclaimed of all the Luke's Lobster outposts. Though the build only took about 2.5 months, the Luke's Lobster team says the former Philly Pizza space was in such a state that the renovation was quite extensive — peeling back three layers off the floors and walls and finding that the more layers they took off, the worse it got. But now all that has been replaced with reclaimed barn wood floors, plus wooden countertops and support rafters reclaimed from Maine lumberyards and shipyards. Luke's also weaves into its decor pieces of float rope that became otherwise obsolete when banned from ocean use years ago.
While the menu at the Georgetown location is going to be largely the same lobster rolls, chowder and more, there are a few key changes. First of all, they're rolling out grilled cheese sandwiches for this location only. Plus, Georgetown and Penn Quarter locations will be debuting a Blue Monster ice cream sandwich featuring Gifford's blueberry ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies.
The DC market has been good to Luke's Lobster so far, according to Holden, so it's quite likely to see more locations pop up in the future. But for the remainder of 2012, he says, this is it.